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'The Last Frontier,' 'The Great Land,' 'The Land of the Midnight Sun.' Alaska has gone by a number of unique nicknames and is best-known for being the largest state in the US. Even those who have not visited can identify it by its snowy exterior, complete with 14 distinct mountain ranges, over 100,000 glaciers and surrounded by the pureness of the Arctic. But its natural landscapes don't end there. Alaska is home to more than 3 million lakes and nearly 22 million acres of national forest as well as being home to 20 national parks and a coastline longer than all of the other US states combined.

For this reason, Alaska has an undeniable allure to outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers across the world - whether they're watching bears fish for salmon upstream or chasing the Northern Lights - one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world. To prove it, we've scanned Instagram for the very best snaps of this incredible state. Scroll down and you might just finally settle on your next vacation.

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